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Prefixes and Suffixes Posters

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A set of educational posters for explaining some common prefixes and suffixes.

Prefixes are added to the beginning of a word to make a new word.

Suffixes are added to the end of a word to make a new word.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Phonics and Word Recognition > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3.D
Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Phonics and Word Recognition > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3.A
Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Phonics and Word Recognition > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3.B
Decode words with common Latin suffixes.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Phonics and Word Recognition > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.3.A
Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Phonics and Word Recognition > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.5.3 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.5.3.A
Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Conventions of Standard English > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.2 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.2.E
Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Vocabulary Acquisition and Use > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.4 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.4.B
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Vocabulary Acquisition and Use > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4.B
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).


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  • Fantastic! Thank you very much. It’s great how you have identified the alignment with the national curriculum.

    Comment by sarahj15 on December 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm


    • You’re welcome Sarah. Yes, the National Curriculum alignment is a new feature we’re working very hard to have up and running next month for the start of the new school year. It’s great to hear your positive feedback about the feature!

      Comment by Scott (Teach Starter) on December 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm


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